Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

About CMPCS

About CMPCS

Central Municipal Power Community Services (CMPCS, pronounced by letter) and Central Municipal Power Agency Services (CMPAS – pronounced “compass”) are joint power agency divisions of the Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency. The joint action agencies serve 12 members in Minnesota and several affiliates in Iowa and are headquartered in Blue Earth, MN with a satellite office in Eden Prairie, MN.

CMPCS helps public power utilities provide services to local customers, such as My Energy Savings and R4 Solar and R4 GreenPower. CMPAS provides services to help public power utilities manage their electric utility portfolios and related contracts. CMMPA is the parent joint power agency. The group of joint action agencies are organized as project-based, partial or full requirements agencies that partner with local utility boards and commissions to minimize wholesale power costs, manage future risks, and maintain stable and competitive rates.

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R4 Solar

R4 Solar

Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by multiple, voluntary, community subscribers who receive subscription credits on their electricity bills for their share of the power produced.

R4 Solar is a community solar program that is exclusively available to CMPCS members utilities. Residential and business customers are participating in the public power cities of Blue Earth, Granite Falls, Janesville, Kasson, Kenyon, Sleepy Eye, and Springfield. The R4 community solar project aggregates power produced from local solar billboards and the Lemond Solar Center, a public power community solar farm, near Owatonna, MN.

Contact your utility directly or indicate your interest through the sign-up form the R4 Solar page to purchase a 12-month subscription of one or more panels for $42.50 each. R4 Solar participants receive subscription credits based on the previous month’s solar production and the price of electricity in the wholesale market. For the year 2016, R4 Solar participants received an offset of $30 for each panel subscription purchased.

If your goal is to purchase enough solar energy to match the electricity consumption of a typical MN residential customer, you would need to buy 18 panels for an annual subscription of $765. In 2016, R4 Solar participants received $360 in credits in return for their subscription.

Subscribers cannot exceed 100 percent of their average annual electricity consumption. However, they can do less than 100 percent. Use the chart to determine your subscription level and multiply by $42.50 per panel representing your electricity usage to calculate your subscription amount.

Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by multiple, voluntary, community subscribers who receive subscription credits on their electricity bills for their share of the power produced.

R4 Solar is a community solar program that is exclusively available to CMPCS members utilities. Residential and business customers are participating in the public power cities of Blue Earth, Granite Falls, Janesville, Kasson, Kenyon, Sleepy Eye, and Springfield. The R4 community solar project aggregates power produced from local solar billboards and the Lemond Solar Center, a public power community solar farm, near Owatonna, MN.

Contact your utility directly or indicate your interest through the sign-up form the R4 Solar page to purchase a 12-month subscription of one or more panels for $42.50 each. R4 Solar participants receive subscription credits based on the previous month’s solar production and the price of electricity in the wholesale market. For the year 2016, R4 Solar participants received an offset of $30 for each panel subscription purchased.

If your goal is to purchase enough solar energy to match the electricity consumption of a typical MN residential customer, you would need to buy 18 panels for an annual subscription of $765. In 2016, R4 Solar participants received $360 in credits in return for their subscription.

Subscribers cannot exceed 100 percent of their average annual electricity consumption. However, they can do less than 100 percent. Use the chart to determine your subscription level and multiply by $42.50 per panel representing your electricity usage to calculate your subscription amount.

My Energy Savings

My Energy Savings

Public power utilities collect revenues based on the cost of service of providing electricity to customers. Every year, Minnesota not-for-profit, customer-owned utilities set aside a budget that will be collected from revenues to pay incentives to customers who purchase energy efficient appliances, lighting, and heating, ventilating, and cooling equipment. The budget is set to help the utility meet Minnesota’s aggressive energy conservation improvement program goals of 1.5 percent energy savings annually.

Rebate funds come from a pre-determined budget and are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning January 1 every year. If a utility experiences a high participation rate in certain rebate categories that depletes the budget, the utility will suspend the rebate program until January 1.

Public power utilities welcome and appreciate customers who install appliances, lighting, and heating and cooling equipment with Energy Star labels. Thank You!

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  1. Incentive Offer:
    A) Rebates are offered for the purchase of energy efficient, ENERGY STAR products or products meeting equivalent minimum efficiency standards to be eligible.
    B) Rebate cannot exceed 75% of the product cost.
  2. Participating Utilities: Applicant must be an electric customer of one of the following utilities.
    Blue Earth Light and Water
    City of Fairfax
    Granite Falls Municipal Utilities
    Janesville Municipal Utilities
    Kasson Public Utilities
    Kenyon Municipal Utilities
    Mountain Lake Municipal Utilities
    Sleepy Eye Public Utilities
    Springfield Public Utilities
    Windom Municipal Utility
  3. Compliance:
    A) Only one service address per rebate application.
    B) Return the completed application and required documentation to your electric utility.
    C) Rebate applications must be received within 90 days of purchase or by March 31 of the calendar year following the year the item was purchased.
    D) All efficiency ratings and test results must be stated and rated at full load AHRI standard conditions.
  4. Proof of Purchase Documentation:
    A) The data, calculations, and assumptions associated with the proposed product/project/measure must be sufficient to verify the demand and energy reductions described for required State of Minnesota Conservation Improvement Program reporting.
    B) Return the completed application and required documentation to your electric utility.
    C) Invoices must indicate date of purchase, size, type, make, model and total project cost.
    D) If applicable, original equipment manufacturer specification sheets must also be included.
  5. Email Address and Utility Services: By providing an email address, you are granting the utility permission to send emails regarding this project and/or updates on incentive programs and information regarding other energy efficiency services.
  6. Incentive Limits: Funds are limited. Rebate offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.
  7. Recycling Rebates: Receive a recycling rebate for turning in an old, inefficient refrigerator, freezer and/or room air conditioner in working condition.
  8. Rebate Payment: Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing. Rebates are not guaranteed. This program is subject to change or termination without prior notice.
  9. Tax Implications: The customer assumes all responsibility for any tax consequences resulting from an incentive payment under this program.

C/I programs include equipment, heating and cooling incentives, energy management systems, and custom projects. Contact: MyEnergySavings@cmpcs.com.

  1. Proof of Purchase: A signed Savings Plus Commercial/Industrial Rebate Application and itemized invoices for materials and labor must be submitted to the participating utility at the address indicated within 60 calendar days of project completion.
  2. Documentation:
    A) Please retain and provide the data, calculations, and assumptions associated with the proposed product/project/measure must be sufficient to verify the demand and energy reductions described for required State of Minnesota Conservation Improvement Program reporting.
    B) Invoices must indicate date of purchase, size, type, make, model and total project cost.
    C) If applicable, original equipment manufacturer specification sheets must also be included.
  3. Participating Utilities: Eligible equipment must be connected to an electric service billed under a commercial or industrial rate class by one of the following utilities:Blue Earth Light and Water
    City of Fairfax
    Granite Falls Municipal Utilities
    Janesville Municipal Utilities
    Kasson Public Utilities
    Kenyon Municipal Utilities
    Mountain Lake Municipal Utilities
    Sleepy Eye Public Utilities
    Springfield Public Utilities
    Windom Municipal Utility
  4. Incentive Offer: Rebates are offered for the purchase of energy efficient, ENERGY STAR or other energy efficiency industry-approved products.
  5. Timeline: Projects, including all required installation, must be completed by December 31 of each calendar year.
  6. Compliance:
    A) All projects must comply with federal, state and local codes.
    B) Only new equipment or retrofits with new components qualify for a rebate.
    C) Used, rebuilt, back up and redundant equipment are not eligible for incentives.
    D) Existing, old equipment must be removed and properly disposed by the customer and not reused or sold for use elsewhere.
    E) Equipment must meet specification requirements and be purchased, installed and operating prior to submitting the application for payment.
    F) Only one incentive per piece of qualifying equipment at one service address is allowed, and Savings Plus incentives cannot not be combined for any piece of equipment, except when the equipment is recommended by a compressed air study received a Savings Plus rebate.
    G) All terms and conditions must be satisfied by the customer.
  7. Rebate Payment:
    A) Equipment must be operational prior to rebate disbursement.
    B) Allow approximately six to ten weeks for processing once completed paperwork is submitted. Incomplete applications will either delay payments or be denied.
    C) Rebates are not guaranteed. This program is subject to change or termination without prior notice. Rebate offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice prior to final approval.
    D) The Utility reserves the right to refuse payment and participation if the customer or the customer’s contractor violates program rules and procedures.
  8. Tax Implications: The customer assumes all responsibility for any tax consequences resulting from an incentive payment under this program.
  9. Inspection: The Utility may conduct an inspection of the customer’s facility to survey any installed projects. The Utility may inspect customer records relating to incentives sought by the customer.
  10. Program Discretion:
    A) Funds are limited. This program and its incentive amounts are subject to change or termination without notice.
    B) Neither pre-approval of a project, nor any other action by the utility, will entitle a customer to an incentive payment until final application approval.
    C) Applications will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.
  11. Logo Use: Customers or trade allies may not use the name or logo of Savings Plus, the utility, or any other participating utility in marketing, advertising, or promotional material without permission.
  12. Utility Disclaimers:
    A) does not endorse any particular manufacturer, product, labor, or system design.
    B) will not be responsible for any tax liability imposed on the customer as a result of the payment of incentives.
    C) does not expressly or implicitly warrant the installation or performance of installed equipment or any contractor’s quality of work (contact the equipment manufacturer or contractor for warranties).
    D) is not responsible for the proper disposal/recycling of any waste generated as a result of project.
    E) is not liable for any damage, injury, or loss of life arising from or relating to the removal, installation, or operation of any equipment, or any other action taken by the customer or The Utility, in connection with a project undertaken by the customer under the programs describe in this application.
    F) does not guarantee that a specific level of energy or cost savings will result from the implementation of energy efficiency measures or the use of products funded under this program.
  13. Incentive Limit: The maximum incentive per project is at the discretion of the Utility and will not exceed 75 percent of the project cost, including installation. If self-installed, incentives for items of equipment can be up to the purchase price of a specific item, but shall not exceed the established incentives.
  14. Information Sharing: The Utility reserves the right to publicize your participation in this program unless you specifically request otherwise in writing. Information contained in this application may be shared with state boards, commissions, departments and other Savings Plus participating utilities.
  15. Email Address and Utility Services: By providing an email address, you are granting the utility permission to send emails regarding this project and/or updates on incentive programs and information regarding other energy efficiency services.
  16. Measurement Standards: All efficiency ratings must be stated at Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) standard full load conditions and all test results must be rated at full load AHRI standard testing conditions.

Commercial/Industrial customers, please attach the following required documents for each rebate request:

  • Invoice clearly showing proof of purchase including date purchased, type, make, model numbers, (horsepower), labor, and costs.
  • Installation date, address, and total project cost.
  • Invoice clearly showing proof of purchase including date purchased, type, make, model numbers, (horsepower), labor, and costs.
  • Installation date, address, and total project cost.
  • Invoice clearly showing proof of purchase including date purchased, type, make, model numbers, (horsepower), labor, and costs.
  • Installation date, address, and total project cost.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

  1. Certificate of AHRI Product Ratings for the equipment installed at standard AHRI full load conditions; or if a certificate is not available, please include a manufacturer’s specification sheet that clearly shows efficiency ratings at standard AHRI full load testing conditions.
  2. Copy of heat load calculation clearly delineating:
    a. Design temperature used for analysis
    b. Resulting heat load, and
    c. Equipment heating capacity for the building

Lighting

Manufacturer (OEM) specification sheets, labels or catalog page numbers for installed lamps, ballasts, fixtures, sensors, and controls, or clearly marked National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Premium® efficiency ratings for newly installed motors and pump curves.

  • Process Pumps
    Incentives for VFD’s are limited to 1 through 50 horsepower motors for new process pumps and 1 through 400 horsepower motors added to existing process pumps.
  • VFD’s must be automatically controlled by a variable signal with load diversity that results in savings through motor speed variation.
  • Qualifying projects must have a true power factor of 90 percent or greater and should include a line reactor between the power source and the drive with a reactor rating of not less than 3 percent impedance of the VFD rating.

Community Services

Community Services

The list provided is offered as a convenience to our customers. We do not guarantee the work performed by these contractors. You are responsible for any contract of the performance of any contractor you have chosen. The inclusion of a contractor does not constitute an endorsement or guarantee of service by the My Energy Savings Program.